CDA Credential video is available for free. This video will give you an overview of the process. After watching the video, you can register for classes to begin working toward earning your CDA®. Please review the CDA® Renewal requirements.

What is the Child Development Associate® National Credentialing Program?

The CDA National Credentialing Program is a professional development opportunity for early educators. These educators work with children ages birth to 5 years old to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in the early childhood education field.

CDA Credential Offered for Three Child Care Settings

  • CENTER-BASED CHILD CARE: A center-based program must have: (1) at least 10 children enrolled in the program (not necessarily in the Candidate’s group), and (2) at least two caregivers working with the children on a regular basis.
    • PRESCHOOL: A center-based preschool setting is a state-approved child development center. A Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least eight children, all of whom are ages 3 through 5 years old.
    • INFANT-TODDLER: A center-based infant-toddler setting is a state-approved child development center. A Candidate can be observed working with a group of at least three children. All of the children are under the age of 3 years old.
  • FAMILY CHILD CARE: A family child care setting is a family child care home. It is where a Candidate can be observed working with at least two children 5 years old or younger who are not related to the Candidate by blood or marriage. The setting must meet at least the minimum level of applicable state and/or local regulations. Family child care settings are also eligible in localities where there is no regulation of family child care.
  • HOME VISITOR: A home visitor setting is an established program of home visits (to families with children 5 years old or younger). It supports parents in meeting the needs of their young children. In this setting, regular home visits are the primary method of program delivery. Candidates for a Home Visitor credential follow a slightly different assessment process. For information on how to earn a Home Visitor CDA Credential, click here.

Child Care Academy offers online training courses for child care providers. Our childcare classes are approved in some states. Visit our CDA Certification (Child Development Associate Credential), for information about this national credential.

We also offer CPR/AED/First certification classes. These courses are offered through ASHI. And, these classes are approved and accepted in all states.

We offer courses that have been approved by the NECPA for NAC Renewal.

Our Child Care Training programs can be completed at your convenience. They are offered as online classes. So, they can be completed in the comfort of your own home, office, classroom, or even the while on vacation. Our office offers free unlimited customer service via telephone, email, or live chat!

Early Childhood Child Care Training is relevant, rewarding, and important. Hence, it ensures availability of high quality early childhood education. Contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Child Care academy offer Child Care Trainings in: Colorado; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; North Carolina; Rhode Island; Utah; Washington; Wyoming

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Please Note: It is the responsibility of each student to determine if courses meet the requirement(s) of their state for credit/clock hours/renewals/licensing/etc.

Service Type
Child Care Courses & CDA Credential
Provider Name
Child Care Academy,
P.O. Box 311,Riderwood,Maryland-21139,
Telephone No.833-454-8273
United States
Classes offered online across the United States. These classes are online and approved for NAC renewal and clock hours for state license renewal in some states.